Opportunities for Added Education

Every attendee to the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) 2012 Fall Meeting and TMCSuperTech2012 National Technician Skills Competition may take advantage of additional educational opportunities by attending the Professional Technician Development Committee (PTDC) Technician Training Fair.

This educational event is a series of six training sessions designed expressly for technicians and shop supervisors. It is held in conjunction with the annual TMC meeting and skills competition.

This year's meeting and TMCSuperTech is set for September 10 to 13 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The meeting theme is: Forging Solutions for Tomorrow's Maintenance Challenges.

A group within TMC – an organization whose mission is to improve transport equipment, its maintenance and maintenance management - the PTDC works to promote professionalism of commercial vehicle technicians.

The PTDC training qualifies for National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) continuing education credits. A non-profit foundation, NATEF's primary mission is to improve the quality of automotive technician training programs nationwide through voluntary accreditation.

This year's PTDC Technician Training Fair will be held on Monday, September 19, and on Wednesday, September 21.


On Monday, the PTDC Technician Training Fair will take place 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There will be three training sessions: #1, #2 and #3. All three of these sessions repeat as per the following schedule:

8:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.; 9:35 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.; 10:40 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Training Session #1 – Modern HVAC Control System Diagnostics: This session will focus on interfacing with modern HVAC systems to diagnose and repair input, output and control components correctly - the first time.

Training Session #2 - Fifth Wheel Systems: The session will provide a comprehensive overview of fifth wheel operation, parts identification and routine failures. The material covered will apply to products from all fifth wheel manufacturers.

Training Session #3 – Understanding Loss of Tension in the Accessory Belt Drive System: Any loss of tension in today’s accessory drive belt system will impact all of the attached accessories. Not understanding this may lead to false codes, misdiagnosis, comebacks and loss of profits for the technician and shop. This session will offer an overview of the principals of TMC RP 320C, Inpsection, Maintrenance and Tension of Belt Drive Systems, and the importance of proper accessory belt system maintenance.


The training sessions for Wednesday are scheduled for 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. All three sessions – #4, #5 and #6 – repeat as per the following schedule: 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.; 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.; 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Training Session #4 – Environmental Awareness and Safety Procedures: This session will present the fundamental concepts regarding the safe and environmentally conscious use and handling of hazardous materials, as well as basic safety procedures in a maintenance shop environment.

Training Session #5 – Repair Order Process Guidelines: One of the toughest challenges in the TMCSuperTech is the repair order skills station. This training session will cover the basics of proper repair order processes. The instructor will offer information on the importance of tracking, logical process and use of industry standard codes for proper recordkeeping.

Training Session #6 – Advanced Multimeter Techniques: This session will present the latest, cutting-edge techniques when using multimeters for electrical and electronic diagnostics.